Third-Party Test Results Bring Great News for Police Fleets

Apr 13th, 2016

shutterstock_71925502There’s much for law enforcement agencies to like in the latest test results for Derive Systems’ Ford Explorer idle-efficiency calibration.

The numbers, drawn from FleetCarma’s third-party telematics device, demonstrate that Derive’s idle-efficiency calibration software delivers consistent fuel savings, whether a vehicle is simply idling, or also running AC and electronics. The third-party device accurately measures fuel consumption, collecting engine data up to five times per second.

These results set Derive’s technology apart from its competitors. Many other idle-fuel savings solutions depend on extra batteries installed in the trunk to power electronics while the engine is turned off. Not Derive. We’ve developed an advanced calibration that saves fuel while the engine is running, maintaining split-second reaction time and minimizing vehicle weight.

Idle-reduction technologies that center on batteries saddle engines with the task of added recharge, as well as the need to overcome the excess weight. In fact, studies show that every 100 pounds of weight decreases fuel efficiency by as much as 1%. Not to mention, most police officers have steadily seen their duties and missions grow, requiring even more ancillary gear to be carried in the trunks of their cruisers, leaving trunk space at a premium.

Derive, on the other hand, requires no extra hardware and performs equally well under heavy load as it does in a simple no-load idling situations. Testing found that under no load, Derive’s technology was able to save $.20 per hour on fuel; and with electronics and AC running, the savings remained almost the same at $.19 per hour.

To put this in perspective, Ford’s Utility Interceptor consumes .58 gallons per hour when idling with AC on and electronics like communication equipment and portable computers running.  Even at today’s low fuel prices, police fleets still spend $1.25 to $1.50 per idling hour. Now imagine saving a good portion of that by using Derive.

Since the average police cruiser idles for 4-6 hours a day in normal conditions, fleets could see savings of roughly $400 per vehicle, per year. When you consider that Derive’s technology pays for itself in less than a year, the lifetime savings from their technology is even more compelling

For more information on how Derive’s Ford Explorer calibration can deliver consistent performance and fuel savings for your fleet, please visit the Derive Systems website.

Modern engines are extremely efficient at idle until they are placed under load (i.e.: A/C running and ancillary electronics running), and we can provide consist dollar savings throughout. Our calibration adjusts to the load requirement to ensure that all electrification and environment demands are being met.

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